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in washington president obama is meeting with washington to discuss the fiscal cliff. the automatic government spending cuts that will kick in. republicans and the white house sent to have finally found some common ground both sides agreeing that tax revenue and reductions in entitlement spending for programs like medicare are key elements of this bill. republicans may be softening on raising taxes for the wealthy americans. the white house may be bending on accepting greater spending cuts for medicare and possibly raising the medicare retirement age 65 age from 65 to 67. >> thank you mark. we will take a quick break the time is 6:38. we are following the weather. we have quite a bit of rain coming down quite a bit in the bay area especially in the east bay. george is following a hot spot in interstate 80, a backup sonically basically from berkeley up to the cartoonist bridge. george will let us know why and what is going (male announcer): live from the bay area this is the kron 4 morning news. kron 4 news starts now. >> thanks for watching kron fours bay area news channel. here are the top st
some hopes that formal talks will resume on how to avoid the new year's day "fiscal cliff." across-the-board spending cuts and tax increases as we all know will kick in if a budget agreement isn't reached by the end of the month. the president also met with ceos of some of the nation's largest companies hoping to convince them of the need for higher tax rates at upper income levels. >> we're not insisting on rates just out of spite or out of any kind of partisan bickering but, rather, because we need to raise a certain amount of money. >> house majority leader eric cantor says more needs to be done about spending right now. >>> meanwhile, public policy polling conducted an unusual survey to test american knowledge about debt reduction policy. people were asked what they thought of the panetta burns planning, something that doesn't even exist. one-fourth of the people took a stance on it anyway. 8% are in support by golly. 17% opposed. >> that's right. it's important to do research. >> absolutely. >> do your homework. >>> apple stock is coming off one of its worst sections on wall
to raise revenues and cut spending. during a fla tla debate on the fiscal cliff today, the house will not adjourn for the holidays until they have reach add deal. >>> on wall street today it was a mixed day on the market. the dow jump td almost 83 points t. nasdaq fell about 23 points and the s & p 500 was up a little more than two points. >>> anger over action by egypt's new president turned into another violent protest today outside the presidential pals a. there are reports some demonstrators broke through barbed wire and hurled chairs and rocks at police and that people in support of the president beat some protesters with clubs. president morsey angered many people with the decree last month that gave him more power. secretary of state hilary clinton said today the unrest shows an urgent need for dialogue on both sides. >>> the u.s. state department confirmed today it is looking into reports that syrian president may be seeking asylum in another country. reportedly president is look to latin america for asylum for his family and members of his inner circle. the priority righ
with the fiscal cliff crisis. opponents say they will not bulging. >> reporter: house republicans want big spending cuts but no tax rate increases. here is a picture of president barack obama answering questions on twitter about the fiscal cliff. he is promoting a reference to the estimated tax increase and middle income families would see if rates are not extended, the latest would extend tax cuts for everyone including americans and who the president wants to exclude. the white house says the proposal is too short on specifics. >> we can't guess what they are, they need to tell us and they look forward to the time when they are specific with the ways we have dealt with it. >> they don't like what republicans want to do to social security and more on that during my next update. reporting live, allison burns, ktvu channel 2 morning news. >>> 5:14 in florida, they have released a photo of george zimmerman, showing george zimmerman with a swollen nose and blood did i face. they responded and said it adds nothing new to the case. the volunteer watch man is charged with second-degree murder an
, for the rest of us, coming up in the next half hour, the "fiscal cliff." it's staring in the face of washington. with less than a month until the deadline, why president obama is spending time on twitter. >> the new evidence linking brain damage to repeated concussions. why a bay area doctor says it's still too early to ban tackle football for kids. >>> i'm delighted for them. i'm sure they will make absolutely brilliant parents. >> the royal couple is expecting. why kate though is in the hospital and will be for several days. ,,,,,, it's the little things in life that make me smile. spending the day with my niece. i don't use super poligrip for hold because my dentures fit well. before those little pieces would get in between my dentures and my gum and it was uncomfortable. even well-fitting dentures let in food particles. super poligrip is zinc free. with just a few dabs, it's clinically proven to seal out more food particles so you're more comfortable and confident while you eat. so it's not about keeping my dentures in, it's about keeping the food particles out. [ charlie ] try zinc free su
. there 28 days into the fiscal cliff. if the combination of automatic tax increases, as spending cuts that will kick in if congress does not act. if president obama and republicans appear to be playing a game of political chicken. if the president put out a proposal for 1.6 trillion and higher taxes over the next 10 years. he is also proposing 600 billion in spending cuts and 200 billion in new spending to stimulate the economy. house speaker and republican leader john bonner says that the president's plan is in serious. treasury secretary tim geithner is criticizing republicans say that they have no plan. as of right now. we are nowhere on the fiscal cliff. >> 3 you won't take my life. you won't take our future. aids affects us all. even babies. chevron is working to stop mother-to-child transmission. our employees and their families are part of the fight. and we're winning. at chevron nigeria, we haven't had a reported case in 12 years. aids is strong. aids is strong. but we are stronger. and aids... ♪ aids is going to lose. aids is going to lose. ♪ woman and forced her to drive
does not take action to stop them. going over the fiscal cliff could trigger a recession, some say. >>> mitt romney was at the white house earlier today for a lunch meeting with president obama. his invitation keeps the promise he made when he declared victory on election night to talk with the gop candidate about areas where they have common interests. the two were to talk over lunch in the white house private dining room. the president's press secretary said the president didn't have any particular agenda, and it was closed to the media. >>> out of service. we were hear when police tested this emergency phone. we'll show you what happened and tell you why this phone is just part of a larger problem. >>> more specifics on when the next storm arrives in your neighborhood and how much rain it will bring. >>> as the dump truck continued forward, it hit nine other vehicles, so 11 vehicles totaled. >> a truck crashed in the east bay. the simple explanation for what caused it. >>> an unusual accident involving a big rig. the truck driver said he had a sneezing fit while behind the wheel
spending cuts in education. the teachers group said to set off the fiscal cliff. the automatic budget cuts set for january 1st will mean fewer teachers and programs like head start. >> salaries has been frozen for over five years. we just can't sacrifice education anymore. >> the national education association says in california, the school cuts would affect almost 50,000 special needs students and more than 285,000 students from low-income families. >>> in southern california, the county of san bernardino is thinking of suing the city of san bernardino. facing a 46 million budget shortfall, the city filed for chapter 8 bankruptcy in august. the county says the city owes 1.5 million for dumping trash in the county land phil. yesterday, san bernardino county supervisors voted to seek clarification from the bankruptcy court and file suit if necessary to get their money. >>> another reason to cut back on the sugary sodas. it could increase the man's risk by getting prostate cancer by 40%. swedish scientists tracked more than 8,000 mep. they found the higher risk was for a later stage form of
-called "fiscal cliff." if a budget plan is not approved by year's end, automatic tax hikes and across- the-board spending cuts will take effect. but democrats and republicans seem to keep digging in their heels speaking on the sunday news talk shows. >> the president and the white house have had three weeks and this is the best we've got? >> what we can't do is try to figure out what works for them. they have to tell us. >> if congress doesn't act, america will ring in the new year with $110 billion in spending cuts and a $500 billion tax increase. >> "fiscal cliff," are you tired of it? >> i know. we are tired of it. >>> 6:10 now. a trip goes terribly wrong. how a california magician ended up in the hospital. >> the coast guard loses one of its own. how a smuggling investigation off the coast of santa barbara turned deadly. >> and we have a major recall to tell you about. the fire hazard involving two popular ford cars. we'll tell you about that and more when we come back. ,, ,,,,,,,,,, look at you guys with your fancy-schmancy u-verse high speed internet. you know, in my day you couldn'
for separate talks on the so-called fiscal cliff. they will discuss how to avert a series of tax increases and spending cuts due to begin in january. there's been little evident progress in talks between the white house and lead gop negotiator, house speaker boehner. >>> if you the past few days wishing you lived somewhere that has power ball, you may get your wish. california may be getting in on the big game, already played in 42 other states. lottery officials meet today and are expected to regulations to join power ball on the heels of staggering jackpot of 579 million dollars. two winners, arizona and misery -- arizona and missouri. >>> 5:36. let's see what is going on with the weather. . >>> good morning. up in the north bay, clover lake, clear lake, dry creek road light showers will continue to increase throughout the afternoon south afternoon novato into san rafael, light showers, lucas valley road, damp, winds are breezy this is in advance of this next system, look at this these thunderstorms offshore, these are going to stay north, we are looking at this line of heavier rain to m
.s. could face massive spending cuts and tax increases known as the fiscal cliff. they are talking about it in washington. today congressional republicans put forward alternative to the president plan. but tonight we are no closer to a deal. political reporter mark matthews explains what that means. >> san francisco cafe owner has been watching the cliff creep closer an hoping for rest logs. >> because if they don't it's going to be really tough. >>reporter: he's talking about employees. see the income taxes increase by a couple of thousands dollars. >> cost of living is really high and tough to make it especially in the city like san francisco. >>reporter: if congress and president can't reach an agreement income taxes will go up on nearly all americans. average family will be paying an extra 2000 to 2400 dollars a year. automatic spending cuts mean cuts to education. transportation. research and development. there's proposal to up airline fee that is could raise 1 billion dollars cutting back on those who 7 fad stamps could bring in another 4 to 16 billion over 10 years. elimin
as lawmakers try to figure out how to avoid the fiscal cliff. no real progress has been made for two weeks. now president obama is talking directly to the american public about tax increases and spending cuts. this afternoon, he walked assembly line outside of philadelphia. it's main product? connecx toys. >> we all agree on making sure middle class taxes don't go up. let's get that done. let's take the fear out for the vast majority of american families so they don't have to worry about $2,000 coming out of their pocket starting next year. >>> all right. now to a story you will see on nbc bay area. >> the san jose skyline could look different if the city can get clearance from the faa. the city leaders say they want taller buildings up to 40 stories high, but since downtown is in the flight path of the airport, there are flight restrictions and that is costing the city money. >> we can do that because we can bring more vibrancy to downtown. more people using restaurants and retail and obviously that attracts more business. >> the faa is doing a study looking the -- at other airports. critics s
. >>> treasury secretary tim geithner is holding talks about avoiding the year-end fiscal cliff of tax hikes and spending cuts. republicans are asking for more details from the white house about how president obama would curb the growth of benefit programs like medicare and medicaid. >>> the woman who could be nominated as the next secretary of state got a big show of support wednesday in the face of growing republican criticism. president obama called susan rice extraordinary and said he couldn't be more proud of the job she's done representing the u.s. at the united nations. and outgoing secretary of state hillary clinton said rice has done a great job. rice has been under fire, though, for her initial comments about the deadly september attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. >>> president obama welcomes election rival mitt romney to the white house today. they'll have a private lunch together. the president promised in his victory speech to meet with romney after their bitter campaign and consider his ideas for making government more efficient. >>> and yet another arrest this morning for
. >> good morning. >> reporter: good morning. it's about the "fiscal cliff" on wall street but we have a number of positive signals on the economy. consumer spending did pull back in october according to the commerce department by 2/10 this is the of a percent following an 8/10th of a percent of gain in the previous month. superstorm sandy depressed spending. unless holiday sales soar over the 4th quarter it's going to be tough for the economy to continue the gain of 2.7% that the commerce department reported in the 3rd quarter yesterday. stockton focused on any talks out of d.c. -- stock market focused on any talks out of d.c. on the "fiscal cliff." the dow over 13,000. pretty modest start to the day today. right now the dow is up by 5 points. nasdaq though falling by 3. s&p down by one. social game maker zynga getting hit hard after announcing it and facebook are changing their partnership. zynga down 7.5%, facebook down slightly. back to you. >> thank you, jason brooks with kcbs and cbsmoneywatch.com. >>> a tale of two uncomfortable pairings. first the san francisco 49ers with two s
of america's fiscal cliff is getting closer. can congress reach a deal in time to head off huge spending cuts and higher taxes for everybody? treasury secretary timothy geithner discusses potential impacts on the economy as the high stakes political poker game plays out on capitol hill. it's all coming up on abc this week with george stephanopoulos right here on abc7. >>> a san francisco man and his lost service dog are back together this morning. it's a story you will see only on abc7 news. >> good girl! oh, my sweetness! >> we first brought you the story nearly two weeks ago after someone stole his best friend and constant companion from outside the davis medical center. he took lola, a four-year-old yorkshire terrier everywhere, including to his dialysis appointments. his neighbor tracy took up the cause to find lola and got an e-mail yesterday. >> a woman said i found a dog running around lake merit in oakland and i could tell it was probably lost. i brought it home and i think it's your dog. >> thank you everybody so much! >> and it was, indeed, lola. the woman who found the dog called u
on monday night. >> today house speaker john boehner rejected president obama's proposal to avoid the fiscal cliff. boehner said no progress was made. boehner accused democrats of not being serious of real spending cuts. but democrats say republicans are causing the hold up. the proposal consisted of $1.6 trillion in higher taxes, they also wanted 50 billion for infrastructure. the president in return approved spending cuts this year and legislation for saving up to $400 million for programs like medicare over a decade. >>> former rivals president obama and governor romney spoke in private. and what they said remains in private. the white house did release a photo and reported that they had white turkey chili and south western chicken salad. when romney arrived, a man ran up to him and said something. secret service quickly ran up to him. >>> imagine running the equivalent of a marathon a day. patty lee shows us what inspired a 25-year-old san francisco woman to spend the past five months making this cross country journey. >>> it took four months, 3,200 miles and 12 pairs of running shoes to
obama's proposal to avoid the fiscal cliff. boehner said no progress was made. boehner accused democrats of not being serious of real spending cuts. but democrats say republicans are causing the hold up. the proposal consisted of $1.6 trillion in higher taxes, they also wanted 50 billion for infrastructure. the president in return approved spending cuts this year and legislation for saving up to $400 million for programs like medicare over a decade. >>> former rivals president obama and governor romney spoke in private. and what they said remains in private. the white house did release a photo and reported that they had white turkey chili and south western chicken salad. when romney arrived, a man ran up to him and said something. secret service quickly ran up to him. >>> imagine running the equivalent of a marathon a day. patty lee shows us what inspired a 25-year-old san francisco woman to spend the past five months making this cross country journey. >>> it took four months, 3,200 miles and 12 pairs of running shoes to get here: but this morning kelsie harrison ran to and through mari
his chief negotiator tim geithner to capitol hill to work on a "fiscal cliff" deal. house speaker john boehner came out of his meeting with the treasury secretary demanding the white house get serious about spending cuts. >> no substantive progress has been made in the talks between the white house and the house over the last two weeks. >> reporter: if a compromise isn't reached soon, automatic tax hikes and steep budget cuts will kick in january 1. geithner moved from one end of the capitol to the other encouraging lawmakers to sign off on an extension of middle class tax cuts now. democrats say their position is clear and they want a serious offer from republicans. >> the american people want us to avoid the "fiscal cliff" with a balanced approach. >> reporter: geithner is here in the halls of congress trying to clear some big hurdles with republicans. once a deal is closer president obama will take over the talks. so far independent senator joe lieberman is not encouraged. >> if we go over the cliff it's going to send the country back into recession. >> reporter: vice president joe
.s. lawmakers are no closer to avoiding the fiscal cliff, according to house speaker john boehner. each party blame the other for failing to outline considerable spending cuts. president obama sent vice president joe biden out today to do some holiday shopping and highlight the spors of renewing middle class tax cuts so families can feel more secure. biden went to a washington area costco and chatted it up with staff and was followed around the store by a huge crowd, as you can see. his favorite part like many who go to costco, try out the free samples. he spoke about the importance of renewing the tax cuts. >> so i think it is important that coming act now. i mean, right now. all it has to do is take a single vote to extend the middle class tax cuts. >> reporter: biden bought cookies, children's books and apple pie, and a 32-inch flat screen tv. he decline an offer to buy a set of tires saying i don't drive anymore. envelop the president had a notable lunch guest at the white house today. his former rival, mitt romney. the get-together mark their first meeting since facing off in the third p
deep spending cuts made to avoid the fiscal cliff would affect native-american issues. and you may remember yesterday, the president met with a group of six governors on this issue. this has become the primary focus on washington. alison burns is in our d.c. newsroom with more on this. >> reporter: that's right, tori. president obama is trying to convince these business leaders that he has a plan to avoid the fiscal cliff and get the economy back on track. but he says it's going to take some sacrifice. here's a look at the president shaking hands with business leaders about 15 minutes ago and he's calli for tax increases on the wealthiest americans and an extension of tax rates for the middle school. talks have fallen apart in recent days. but the president insists he's working with republicans to try to get a deal. republicans are willing to cut -- >> reporter: republicans are willing to cut loopholes. here's what john boehner said. >> the revenues being put on the table are gonna come from guess who? the rich. >> reporter: republicans say it's clear to them that president obama
says that won't solve a big spending problem. president obama meantmie, says congress can't tie fiscal cliff talks to upcoming debt ceiling votes. also, the military budget is on the table with a possible $500 million being set aside as a warning. stay with us, more news coming up. you won't take my life. you won't take our future. aids affects us all. even babies. chevron is working to stop mother-to-child transmission. our employees and their families are part of the fight. and we're winning. at chevron nigeria, we haven't had a reported case in 12 years. aids is strong. aids is strong. but we are stronger. and aids... ♪ aids is going to lose. aids is going to lose. ♪ aids is going to lose. aids is going to lose. when i take a picture of this check, it goes straight to the bank. oh. oh look the lion is out! no mommy no! don't worry honey, it only works on checks. deposit checks from your smartphone with chase quickdeposit. just snap a picture, hit send and done. take a step forward and chase what matters. >> coming up at six- thirty... an update on that massive sinkhole in lafa
report. >>> dire warning about what would happen if the u.s. economy goes over the fiscal cliff. survey says 1 1/2 million americans could lose jobs if lawmakers fail to come to agreement automatic spending cuts and tax increases are triggered inside. nationwide insurance warning computer network hacked names, birth dates, social security and driver licenses numbers likely stolen nationwide is apologizing and offering identity theft profession for years. hostess may have a buyer for its wonder bread bran. even with the sale, it could take -- take months before the bread brand wraps up again. >>> estimated 300 million dollar magic kingdom make overincludes pagers so and serving beer and wine themó?5to past five years. >>> abc7 is owned by disney. >>> big change that could be coming to storm warnings because of superstorm san >> dispute forcing bay area -- >>> welcome back. check out last three hours on live doppler, quiet radar returns over the ocean is the beam shooting into the clouds nothing is talling but moist with mist hanging in the -- nothing is falling but moist with the mist
. >>> and they are looking for billions of dollars in cuts as they prepare to go over that fiscal cliff. hundreds of thousands of the jobs all over california could be affected, allison? >> 135 government workers in california could lose their jobs if there is no deal on those spending cuts that kick in at the end of the month. they say not only to plan for the cuts but that has changed. they are preparing to slice about 10% of their budget. experts are looking at 135 defense employees could lose their jobs but experts say there is still time to reach a deal and avoid those major lawsuits. >> nobody wants to reach a deal more than i. i will be ready to sit down with the president and solve this. >> reporter: they could be hit the hardest and i will have more about it during my next update on ktvu channel 2 morning news. >>> they are looking at grant money from the environmental protection agency. each student could be awarded a large sum of money. stanford's group wants to disinfect drinking water in bangladesh. in april they go to washington d.c. to prevent their work to a panel of scientists an
. >> reporter: and secretary panetta has warned the fiscal cliff would hurt our national defense. he's expected to hold a news conference any minute now. he's getting the order from the white house to brace for massive budget cut us. now, the automatic spending cuts that would kick in if congress does not reach an agreement on the fiscal cliff would force the pentagon to slice about 10% of the budget. the defense industry projects one in five defense contracts in california would be lost. the aerospace industry is projecting that 135,000 department jobs would be cut along with 90,000 jobs for a total of about 225,000 jobs lost in california over the next few years. alison burns, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> 8:16. well, today will mark the 9 oth annual lighting of the national christmas tree. president obama and his family, they will flip a switch lighting that tree this evening. neil patrick harris, remember doogie howser? he will be hosting the event. james taylor and the fray will be among the group of perform. president calvin coolidge started this tradition back in 1923. >>> well, free flu shou
29 days left for lawmakers to get together and some way find a way of avoiding the "fiscal cliff." >> if a budget plan is in the approved by year's end, automatic tax hikes and across- the-board spending cuts will take effect. treasury secretary timothy geithner says republicans should say how much they are willing to raise taxes on the wealthy. house speaker john boehner has dismissed president obama's plan as not serious. >>> stock futures indicate there will be modest gains when the stock market opens up this morning. >> yeah. this follows a week when all the key averages posted gains. ashley morrison of cbsmoneywatch.com has the latest on monday in new york. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, frank and michelle. well, asian markets were mostly high they are morning on improved manufacturing data from china. tokyo's nikkei edged up a fraction to a seven month closing high while hong kong's hang seng lost a percent. >>> on wall street there was little movement as investors were cautious with all eyes on the "fiscal cliff." the dow rose 3, nasdaq down 2. >>> so far there's
to avert the so- called fiscal cliff, it's one reason why we believe we put revenue on the table as long as it's accompanied by serious spending cuts to avert this crisis. >> > in order to kick the debt ceiling the wanted its deficit reduction and this is basically that a stop- active measure to save it or to get a deal done. nobody wants to go there but we need deficit reduction and this is how we to it. >> . read saying that was not doing that well but now, john boehner is a saying that it is a little bit better what is going on? >> not really anything they are still talking at each other and the president is now bringing more to the bargaining table for john boehner to bring more provis
of this "fiscal cliff" drama, they spoke yesterday raising hopes that formal talks will resume on how to to avoid across-the-board spending cuts and tax increases. we have been saying this for weeks. they will kick in if a budget agreement is not reached by year's end. >>> a number of state lawmakers had their cars fixed and you paid for it. lawmakers lost the perk of a free car about a year ago at least 37 of them deciding to buy the cars. that was an option. they have been using them when the state sold them. first they had all the cars repaired and maintained at state expense. $78,000 worth of work. >> as a taxpayer, you know, it's my money going to it so it's frustrating. >> doesn't sound fair. we work really hard for our money. >> we do. but a source in the legislature says the work was worth it. the state got more money when it sold the cars that were not bought by the lawmakers but had the repairs done. they got more money for those cars. so i guess it evens out. >>> same-sex marriage is now legal in the state of washington. dozens of gay and lesbians got in line to pick up marriage licens
of the four fire stations periods >> there is 26 days until the fiscal cliff. the expiration of the bush tax cuts for all americans, and automatic government spending cuts that will kick in and republicans and the white house seem to have found some common ground. both sides are green that tax revenue and reductions in entitlement spending are key elements of the deal. republicans may be softening on raising taxes for wealthier americans and the white house may be on accepting a greater spending cut for medicare. >> we will be right back as kron 4 news continues. (car horn) paying with your smartphone instead of cash... (phone rings) that's a step forward. with chase quickpay, you can send money directly to anyone's checking account. i guess he's a kicker... again, again! oh, no you don't! take a step forward and chase what matters. you won't take our future. aids affects us all. even babies. chevron is working to stop mother-to-child transmission. our employees and their families are part of the fight. and we're winning. at chevron nigeria, we haven't had a reported case in 12 years. aids i
. >>> president obama dispatched his chief negotiator to capitol hill to work on a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff." today treasury secretary tim geithner met with house and senate leaders. republicans came out of that meeting saying that the white house needs to get serious about spending cuts. >> it's time for the president, congressional democrats to tell the american people what spending cuts they are really willing to make. >> let's give a christmas present to the american people. and all we're saying is, we're willing to make the cuts. >> coming needs to reach an agreement in the next few weeks in order to avoid a series of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts in january. >>> oh, to be a fly on the wall on this one. president obama and mitt romney met privately at the white house today to chew over the nation's economic issues. it was the first time they have been together face to face since their contentious campaigns. cbs reporter tara mergener on the political power lunch. >> reporter: mitt romney got out of an suv and walked into the white house alone. the former republican nominee then
.m.. >> with just a month to go before the impacts of the looming fiscal cliff kick in, president obama is taking his solutions to the public sounding at times like he is back on the campaign trail. analysts say that the combination of the tax increases and spending cuts could de real the recovering economy. despite some initial sounds of cooperation after the election, the president and the house speaker john boehner do not appear close to a deal. kron4 catherine heenan explains. >> every family in america will see their income tax automatically go on january 1st. every family that means everyone here will see their taxes go up on january 1st. i am assuming that this does not sound too good to you. >> we know that when the treasury secretary issued the proposal to republicans they laughed. house speaker john banner stated that the ideal of boosting would be a crippling blow to the economy. >> let's not kid ourselves. the company cannot or sure they all for this. >> the key sticking point is taxes. democrats want to extend the bush cut for the middle class. republicans do not want to tax rate inc
the fiscal cliff, january 1st, nearly every american will pay more income tax between $2,000 to $2400 for the average family, 2% cut in payroll taxes will disappear, 500 billion dollars in automatic spending cuts in effect, half at the pentagon the other half from educating, transportation, food safety and research. economists fear if washington can strike a deal the economy will fall back into recession and employment will shoot up. tahman bradley, abc news, washington. >>> sarah palin stepped out on the red carpet -- nancy pelosi stepped out on the red carpet for a night of glamour she strolled before photographers at last night's kennedy center honors she talked about efforts to resolve the impasse. >> this is not a night of politics and policy, but since you asked, yes we think it would be a wonderful christmas gift to the american people for the middle class to have a tax cut come january. >> pelosi says she will try to force a house vote on a senate passed bill to break the deadlock. >> the kennedy center on -- -- they received the nation's highest award. >>> let's look outside
. the nasdaq finished 20 points higher. >>> and president obama presented his plan to avoid the "fiscal cliff" to members of congress. the $4trillion plan includes $1.6 trillion in new taxes on upper income americans. $400billion in cuts to medicare and other entitlement programs. $50billion in stimulus spending and the end of congressional control over the debt ceiling. both sides remain at a standoff over the issue of raising taxes on higher income earners. but the president said he will not sign any bill that does not include higher taxes for top earners. the white house is calling this proposal an opening bid but house speaker john boehner says no real progress is being made to reach a deal. could be an interesting day for us on wall street. >> i guess. they have a month to figure that out. in the meantime though there's a secret santa. i guess santa decide to do a little early work in the tri- state area, right? >> reporter: that's right. a so-called secret santa is giving away $100,000 in $100 bills to victims of superstorm sandy. a missouri man declined to reveal his name but he is car
the "fiscal cliff," a uc spokesman says we could lose $335 million in research funds. other consequences for californians, 143,000 unemployed could lose assistance in trying to find a job. nearly 300,000 disadvantaged students would get fewer benefits at school. 8,000 patients wouldn't get hiv testing and 2,000 women could miss out on breast and cervical cancer screening. and with income taxes expected to rise at the same time, the economy is expected to tank. >> there is no question about it. going over the "fiscal cliff" to most economists is really stupid. if it happens, we would go into a recession. >> reporter: and with no deal reached, who is to blame for all the this washington gridlock? just ask the american people. according to a new pugh research poll, 53% blame the republicans. 27% blame the president. we'll be watching. >> that's interesting, all those dollars that you just added up for california, multiply that by the other 49 states. >> reporter: it's a really scary thought. they have to solve this. >> grace lee, thank you. >>> a new study could change the current standard
until the fiscal cliff and the republicans and the white house seemed to of found some common ground. both sides agree that tax revenue and and reduction in entitlement spending in medicare are key elements in the deal. the republicans may be softening on raising taxes for the wealthiest americans. the white house may be bending on some greater spending cuts for medicare and raising the age from 65 to 67. they will be work meeting witlater on. >> if you can see the rain coming down, livermore is getting hammered. we will be right back. look at you guys with your fancy-schmancy u-verse high speed internet. you know, in my day you couldn't just start streaming six ways to sunday. you'd get knocked off. and sometimes, it took a minute to download a song. that's sixty seconds, for crying out loud. we know how long a minute is! sitting, waiting for an album to download. i still have back problems. you're only 14 and a half. he doesn't have back problems. you kids have got it too good if you ask me. [ male announcer ] now u-verse high speed internet has more speed options, reliability and
time to come up with a compromise to avoid a fiscal cliff. that a looming deadline is not bringing party leaders in a closer together. >> our reporter has the latest. >> the democrats have yet to get serious about a spending cut specifics will revealed thursday the plan calls for 1.6 trillion dollars in tax increases and reforms. it leaves changes to medicare and other government assistance programs to be figured out next year. the gop says it needs those answers now. i have made clear that we have put real concessions on line by putting revenue on the table right up front. unfortunately many democrats continued to rule out sensible spending cuts that must be part of any significant agreement that will reduce our deficit. >> he said he would be released to negotiate tax reform next year. the democrats and some republicans are pushing for the senate to immediately pass the senate bill that would keep taxes from rising on middle-class americans. >> i am happy to report to you when you already know. more and more republicans are catching on to that fact. >> today president obama takes
are with the fiscal cliff negotiations right now, we are nowhere. >> said in an moderations tend to be smaller if the president is having a second one. this coming january's inauguration for president obama will follow the same trend. there'll be close to 800,000 down from the million that crowded the national mall four years ago. >> the time is now 5:34 a.m. and the morning commute looks to be pretty good as far as the weather goes. this and the sale bridge looks great, a clear dry an easy ride. we will be right back. hong ♪ secondhand smoke affects everyone's health. it's not just irritating. it can cause heart disease and even death. speak up about secondhand smoke. your health and the health of your family depend on it. let's take a quick look at the weather. it looks like mid-week but weather will be nice and mild into the weekend. all in all, not a bad looking for cast. we will get a detailed look with erica in just a bit. >> this weekend's big star caused quite a bit of flooding and damage all around the bay area. we have some pictures of from facebook. there's a tree toppled over her
: a very different tone on capitol hill as fiscal cliff negotiations remain rocky. the president sent his top negotiator, treasury secretary tim geithner to meet with congressional leaders. afterward, house speaker john boehner said the white house had not proposed spending cuts needed to win critical republican votes. >> i have to tell you, i'm disappointed in where we are, i am disappointed in what's happened in the last couple weeks. >> reporter: senate majority leader harry reid fired back saying democrats put forward a serious plan and ridiculed boehner when asked about the argument that the ball is in the democrats' court. >> i don't understand his brain, so you should ask him. >> reporter: away from the hill, vice president biden took his own steps to push for fiscal cliff compromise, stopping in d.c.'s first costco. warning the economy could suffer greatly if lawmakers can't get a deal done. he proudly flashed his store membership card. >> i went to get my wife's card, she said no, no, no, get your own. >> reporter: according to sources at the white house and on the hill, treasury
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